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Satya Nadella's $84.3m pay packet: Did he use the 'female superpower' to get it?

Tom Maddox
Holmes

Yes, he was trying to say, "Don't worry your pretty little heads about asking for raises. The men above you will let you know what you're worth."

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HBO shocks US pay TV world: We're down with OTT. Netflix says, 'Gee'

Tom Maddox
Facepalm

Re: Meh

And we care because . . . ?

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Facebook's Zuckerberg in EBOLA VIRUS FIGHT: Billionaire battles bug

Tom Maddox
Facepalm

Re: Good on him

Well, right now, his chances are somewhere south of 1 in 300 million, so he must be very cautious indeed if he's concerned about danger to himself!

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Tom Maddox
WTF?

Re: Pff

Maybe, just maybe, he asked the CDC how much they needed, and that's the number they gave him. Or, possibly, he used some other algorithm. Given, as posted above, he's donating more than many entire governments, I'd say it's still generous. Also, perhaps by making an announcement, he's hoping to motivate others to donate as well.

No, you're right, the only possible answer is that it's self-aggrandizement.

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Greedy datagrabs, crap security will KILL the Internet of Thingies

Tom Maddox
Go

Re: The world is filled with people who don't have any real work to do, ...

"I'm LEAVING the internet as fast as I can"

Clearly not fast enough . . .

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Tom Maddox
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Re: sentient fridge

"Well, I can see this relationship is something we're all going to have to work at."

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Dear Reg readers. I want Metro tiles to replace ALL ICONS in Windows. Is this a good idea?

Tom Maddox
Flame

I'm grateful for this article . . .

. . . it gave me a chance to downvote Matt Bryant a bunch more. I'd previously skipped the porta-potty article altogether.

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Gridstore bigs up hyper-converged box: Our storage nodes 'know' what Hyper-V needs

Tom Maddox
Windows

Hyper-V

Is anyone running Hyper-V at a scale where this would be useful? I'm genuinely curious; I've never met anyone running Hyper-V for more than proof-of-concept (and then discarding it).

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PEAK IPV4? Global IPv6 traffic is growing, DDoS dying, says Akamai

Tom Maddox

I'll take my best shot

I am not a network engineer, but I'll take my best shot. IP (Internet Protocol) is basically Layer 3 of the OSI model, which means it can run on top of Ethernet (or whatever your data link protocol is), and it can carry anything from higher up the networking stack. In practice, there are some additional complexities with higher-level protocols and applications, especially those that use IP addresses instead of host names, but a lot of applications should just work. The biggest problem is getting a significant chunk of network infrastructure to run IPv6. Not only does the protocol itself need to be deployed, but addressing schemes need to be vetted, routing and firewall rules implemented, and all the inevitable snafus need to be ironed out. Logistically, it's a significant challenge, probably more than it is a technical one, and it involves a tremendous amount of time and expense, and it requires IPv6 expertise that is not very widespread at the moment, which means that more mistakes than normal will be made along the way, resulting in reputational damage to the implementers.

Beyond all of that, there are plenty of endpoints that either don't run IPv6 still (think: printers) or run it poorly (Windows XP), which means that ISPs and other network providers will need to run in a hybrid mode, employing NAT or protocol tunneling, to support the legacy protocol until the final consumers make the migration. Which, of course, means that the consumers need to be educated and migrated, not so bad when you have a well-educated user base (or at least a captive and docile one), but daunting when you consider how many users will need to be wrangled into compliance and how few of them will even understand why.

So, it's not quite as hard as rebuilding the Internet, but it's still no small task.

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Balls of destruction CRUSH your fancy new storage systems ... better get used to it

Tom Maddox
FAIL

No.

"And we tend to be a lot more tolerant of such disruptive and potentially destructive upgrades. Architecturally, as we move to more storage-as-software as opposed to being software wrapped in hardware, this is going to be more common, and we are going to have design infrastructure and applications to cope with this."

If a storage vendor tells me that their upgrade is data-destructive, I'll be planning my transition to a new vendor; that's how I'll deal with it architecturally.

Not to go off on a tangent, but the "software-defined" moniker is somewhat misleading. All advanced storage and networking (anything beyond a JBOD or network hub) relies on software to get its job done. The real shift is towards software that doesn't rely on a particular fixed set of hardware to get its job done, a shift which is mostly complete except in the storage world (and, arguably, in core Layer 2/3 networking, where dedicated hardware is still sensible). What the storage vendors are grappling with, more than anything else, is how to hold onto their ludicrous margins in an industry where so much other hardware is commodity.

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NASA rover Curiosity drills HOLE in MARS 'GOLF COURSE'

Tom Maddox
Headmaster

Re: The Rover is more turtle than hare

No, just using the wrong icon. -->

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Are you a fat boy? Get to university NOW, you PENNILESS SLACKER

Tom Maddox
FAIL

Re: Feminist math

"I don't need citations. I have first hand experience."

"Data" is not the plural of "anecdote." My experience teaches me that Reg commentards are a bunch of whiny little crybabies who can't deal with the remotest possibility that a woman might have authority or competence, but I don't generalize my experience to all men.

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Tom Maddox
Stop

Re: Feminist math

I figured that some cretinous MRA would pop in here, and I could have guessed it would have been you. In re: all of your baseless assertions:

[citation needed]

Difficulty: must be a reputable source. I won't hold my breath.

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AW, SNAP, Oracle. You've shrivelled up poor Larry Ellison's package even more

Tom Maddox
Paris Hilton

Re: Oh dear....

One what, one continent, Congresscritter, replacement clone body? I'm dying to know!

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Titan falls! Blizzard cancels World of Warcraft successor

Tom Maddox
Happy

Don't mention Ghost

http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/06/23/hot-future-girl-can-stay

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Emma Watson urges UN to back feminism – trolls threaten to leak her 'nude selfies'

Tom Maddox
FAIL

Yay

Came for the privileged white males complaining about how oppressive feminism is, leaving . . . unsurprised.

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VMware updates vSphere, recommends new security fixes

Tom Maddox
Meh

Re: Why did they do this?

"vSphere 6 fixes all this."

I'll believe it when I see it.

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Pop-up ad man: SORRY we made such a 'hated tool', netizens

Tom Maddox
Thumb Up

Re: Karma remains balanced

"And someone else invented the AdBlock detector so pages won't display unless it is disabled."

Making it very easy to avoid the page altogether.

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Lenovo posts an INCREASE in desktop PC and notebook sales

Tom Maddox
FAIL

"Because there is no good reason not to use 8."

Except for the user interface. And software compatibility issues.

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Sysadmin Day 2014: Quick, there's still time to get the beers in

Tom Maddox
Mushroom

Re: Kick in the nuts

Try supporting the environment yourself and see how well you do. (I say this as someone who was awoken before 6:00 AM today to resolve a problem with house-of-cards code written by an ex-contractor, for which the apparent key dependency is a human constantly monitoring execution and providing workarounds as needed when it fails.)

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Big Blue Apple: IBM to sell iPads, iPhones to enterprises

Tom Maddox
FAIL

Here it comes . . .

. . . Lotus Notes for iOS. I expect the weeping and gnashing of teeth to begin anon!

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You don't need a HERO, you need a ZERO. From Google

Tom Maddox
Trollface

These are geeks . . .

"The group's manifesto is about as difficult to disagree with as . . . regular showers . . ."

So, highly objectionable to the geek community, then?

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Call girl injected Google exec with heroin, drank wine, left him to die – cops claim

Tom Maddox
Thumb Up

@NomNomNom Re: she might have been hoping to get him hooked on heroin

Well played, sir. Well played.

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Amazon woos dispute-stung Hachette scribes with 100% ROYALTIES

Tom Maddox
Devil

Divide and conquer

So, basically, Amazon is trying to drive a wedge between the authors and their publisher by "offering the possibility" of 100% royalties. Fortunately, authors as a class tend not to be deeply stupid and so hopefully will see through this clumsy, offensive ruse.

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Use Tor or 'extremist' Tails Linux? Congrats, you're on an NSA list

Tom Maddox
Trollface

'Linux Journal, which the code calls an "extremist forum"' . . .

Sounds about right to me.

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Google BLOCKS access to Goldman client-leak email

Tom Maddox
FAIL

Re: "avoid reputational damage to Goldman Sachs"

Google "vampire squid" and get back to us.

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Running Cisco's VoIP manager? Four words you don't want to hear: 'Backdoor SSH root key'

Tom Maddox
FAIL

Re: Hang on a minute…

"Surely Cisco didn't do the dimwitted thing of embedding both keys?!"

Signs point to yes. At a guess, the private key is embedded in the management software and can be activated to log into the various other components of the Unified Communications kit, presumably without prompting for a password just for extra fail.

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What is ex-NSA spyboss selling for $1m a month, asks US congressman

Tom Maddox
Thumb Up

Re: Tom Bollox WTF?

Oh, Matt, thank you for being so very predictable. You've really made my day!

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Tom Maddox
Facepalm

Re: WTF?

His evidence--stay with me here--is that the former head of the NSA just started a very expensive security consultancy when he, Mr. Former NSA Head, has no other particularly valuable knowledge apart from--wait for it--the inner workings of the NSA's highly-classified operations. Some people, I'm not saying me personally, but some people might find this fact a little bit suspicious.

Cue the usual ad hominem from Matt "I <3 Surveillance" Bryant in T minus . . .

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US Supreme Court: Duh, obviously cops need a warrant to search mobes

Tom Maddox
Stop

Re: Whereas in Blighty...

This is clearly impossible. I have it on the good authority of The Register commentariat that the United States is the worst country in the world (or indeed the history of the world) and certainly the only place where the government ever does anything pernicious with regard to the rights of its citizens. The Thought Police will be around to administer corrective treatment in the portable Maximum Fun Chamber.

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Microsoft gets the hang of funky devices: Xbox magic for enterprise

Tom Maddox
Windows

Re: is that the stench of a smokescreen I smell?

But you don't understand! If someone likes something I don't, that means they're a shill for the company that makes it! Obviously!

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Tom Maddox
FAIL

. . . or not

I recently had the opportunity to use a Surface Pro 2, and my impression is that it's quite zippy. Unfortunately, the screen is too small, the keyboard and trackpad are garbage, and Windows 8 . . . is Windows 8 (I quite like Windows 8 as a desktop operating system once I have effectively purged it of all the unspeakable "don't-call-it-Metro" crapola; ironically, I find it appalling as a tablet OS). $ork is contemplating replacing our laptops with Surface Pros, and there is precisely no way that's going to happen, since I have actual work I need to do. Even if someone gave me one for free, I'm not quite sure what I would do with it; all my non-work related portable content consumption is now done on my phone, and all my work is done on computers with real user interface peripherals.

Microsoft have never been cool, and their recent efforts to strongarm money out of their customers and plant the eye of Sauron in the living room seem clumsy and hamfisted. Their enterprise software and operating systems have drastically improved over the past decade (stop laughing, you there at the back), and they've pushed out occasional decent consumer products, but the overall corporate image is, well, at lot like this:

http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/01/03

I sort of want Microsoft to succeed, just for the sake of watching the Linux and Apple fanboys froth at the mouth, but even that perversity was not sufficient to make me actually buy a Lumia for my most recent smartphone.

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Apple files patent for camera lens controlled by 'artificial muscle'

Tom Maddox
Coat

Is this . . .

. . . the iEye? Aye!

Right, I'm going . . .

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Google to acquire satellite eye-in-sky Skybox for $500m

Tom Maddox
Facepalm

Re: Still "do no evil"?

Don't worry, your tin-foil hat will protect you.

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UK govt preps World War 2 energy rationing to keep the lights on

Tom Maddox
Stop

Re: Neither new nor concerning

Yes, we're fine here, you tit, thanks for asking. Not only is our power supply secure after divesting ourselves of the glorious guiding hand of the free market, we have reversed our budget deficit and are running a surplus. On the down side, conservatives like yourself have managed to stave off the inevitability of marijuana legalization and gay marriage because of their deep commitment to a smaller, less intrusive government.

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Redmond is patching Windows 8 but NOT Windows 7, say security bods

Tom Maddox
FAIL

Re: Or couldn't it just be

Right, because the only difference between any two operating systems is the kernel version.

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NSA: Inside the FIVE-EYED VAMPIRE SQUID of the INTERNET

Tom Maddox
Trollface

Came for Matt Bryant butthurt . . .

. . . leaving disappointed.

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Linux Foundation flings two full-time developers at OpenSSL

Tom Maddox
Holmes

LibreSSL

OpenSSL is ubiquitous, and upgrading is easier than replacing. I do agree that putting resources towards a competing package would be beneficial, but that would take twice the resources (or more), and it took a major vulnerability to get significant private-sector resources for OpenSSL at all.

Also, @DAM: Comic SAAAAAANS!

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Streaming brilliant: Netflix signs access agreement with Verizon

Tom Maddox
Stop

"Free speech": I don't think it means what you think it means.

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US Supreme Court to decide if cops can search mobes without a warrant

Tom Maddox

Re: Scope

I guess I'll find out next year. Or maybe I had to do it last time and forgot . . . because I don't see the big deal in a single thumbprint for verification of your identity for legally valid identity documentation. It's not like they're asking for a full ten spread and a cavity search, and I'm kind of happy that there's some kind of verification that the Tom Maddox (not an uncommon name) who was issued a driver's license is, in fact, me.

But hey, oh noes, the gubmint is overreaching and all that.

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Tom Maddox

Re: Scope

"Except in states like the DPRC a.k.a. California where anyone with a state issued ID, transferred property or a whole list of other circumstances where Cali requires getting a print."

Loosen the tinfoil hat, Eddy. The only time I've had to get fingerprinted in California was when I had to get something notarized, and that's a single thumbprint for purposes of verifying identity.

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FCC seeks $48K fine from mobile phone-jamming driver

Tom Maddox
Stop

Re: Decision time?

@poopypants: False equivalency. Fifteen-yard penalty for blatant logical fallacy.

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Firefox, is that you? Version 29 looks rather like a certain shiny rival

Tom Maddox
Thumb Up

My observations

The UI changes are really disruptive . . . if you have no tolerance whatsoever for change. On the plus side, the page rendering seems dramatically faster, just based on my subjective experience. The update does seem to have broken the StatusBar4Evar add-on, so we'll see if I can live without that.

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Brit IT workers are so stressed that 'TWO-THIRDS' want to quit

Tom Maddox
Facepalm

Re: although anyone familiar with IT types might...

I was not aware that "IT people" were a race, so thanks for clearing that up for me. Also, there's a reason you never see a Reg headline like Socially Maladroit Geek Butthurt About Being Mocked, and that's because it's not news.

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Tom Maddox
Happy

Re: Public v Private Nonsense

BLASPHEMER! Stone him! STONE HIM!

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Startup CEO Chahal fired for domestic violence incident

Tom Maddox
FAIL

Re: lovely

"Not to sound bigoted here, but there's nothing wrong with giving someone a slap now and then if they deserve it."

Yes, there is. The entire drive of civilization is away from just this attitude and towards resolving conflicts peacefully. The fact that one person feels he has been wronged by another does not give him the right under law or morality to visit violence upon the other party. From both moral and legal perspectives, the only acceptable use of violence is to prevent harm. Not having seen the video or heard testimony, I have no idea whether the accused assailant is actually guilty, but, if so, he was certainly not acting out of any consideration but his own petty, jealous rage.

As for you personally, I'm sorry that you were raised in such primitive conditions and that your upbringing continues to shape your perspective the way it does. As a society, we need to do better so that more people like you are not created.

"I am not in possession of all (or any) of the facts."

Clearly.

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Microsoft: The MORE Surfaces it sells, the MORE money it loses

Tom Maddox
FAIL

Re: Ah Gavin,

@localzuk: Crap, you're right, I misread the article myself. Sorry for being a condescending douche, in that case.

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Tom Maddox

Re: Ah Gavin,

So, to recap the article, which you clearly didn't read:

Microsoft lost $45 million due to $300 million in losses from selling Surface. In short, Surface losses ate up all of Microsoft's profits and then some. Do you understand?

"So! Long may the Surface lose money for Microsoft. And hopefully, long may its app store make it plenty instead."

The very existence of Microsoft fanboys is puzzling to me. Why do you care whether Microsoft, the company, is successful? Surely the company should stand or fall on the quality of its products; why do you identify with them to the point that you care about the company as an entity?

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Teen student texter busts 20-second tongue-twisty SMS barrier

Tom Maddox
Headmaster

Given that you managed to misspell "sentence" in your post, I'm somewhat dubious about your claim.

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So far, so SOPA: Web campaigners to protest world's biggest ever free trade deal

Tom Maddox
Thumb Up

Re: I'm surprised.

Excellent Matt Bryant impression!

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